TADL Kids Text Tips

Tips for parents of preschoolers are texted right to your phone! These encourage interactive fun with your young children while also getting them ready for kindergarten.

  • October 18Have lots of paper and chunky crayons around the home for drawing. This not only encourages creativity but also builds strength in hands for future writing.
  • October 11In conversation with children, repeat words they say and add new words. This helps in children’s vocabulary development.
  • October 4Parents and caregivers support a child’s sense of self and safety with eye contact, using kind words and gentle touch. Play turn-taking games like peek-a-boo.
  • September 27When you read a book with a repeated phrase to children, run your finger under each word of the phrase as children say it, too. Otherwise, kids will mostly look at the pictures.
  • September 20Rhymes with numbers, like “This Old Man,” prepare babies for the idea of numbers and for counting. Later they will connect the concept to the words.
  • September 13When you read books with your children that you enjoy, be sure to explain why to them. This helps children begin to process why they enjoy certain books, too.
  • September 6: The Wheels on the Bus is a great song for teaching children how things work. After singing this, try variations such as “The librarian says, ‘ Read, read, read,” or “The register goes, ‘Ring, ring, ring.” Make up some of your own!
  • August 30: Recite the following rhyme to “Peas Porridge Hot”: The pizza is hot, / The pizza is cold. / The pizza is on a plate, / Nine days old. // Some like it hot, / Some like it cold, / Some like it on the plate, / Nine days old.
  • August 23: Read any book out loud. Hand out paper and crayons and ask your child(ren) to draw the story or some aspect of it. Then post their work on the fridge or elsewhere in your house to show their how proud you are.
  • August 16Help your children see shapes all around them, even if they are not standard shapes like circles, triangles, and squares. This awareness builds a foundation for math skills children will later learn in school.
  • August 9: Have children think up their own endings to stories, as this helps develop their imagination. You can also ask “What if?” to a certain part of the story and see what ideas they come up with.
  • August 2: It’s important for kids to feel good about book time. If your child is fighting it, remember that books don’t need to be finished in one sitting. Find another activity and come back to book time when you both feel better.
  • July 26: Singing with children helps them hear smaller sounds in words, esp. if there is a different note for each syllable. In “London Bridge is Falling Down,” the word “falling” has two different syllables and notes.
  • July 19: Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill (hold fists w/ finger extended) / One named Jack, (wiggle one finger) / One named Jill. (wiggle the other finger) / Fly away, Jack. (hide 1st finger behind your back) / Fly away, Jill. (hide 2nd finger behind your back) / Come back, Jack. (bring back 1st finger) / Come back, Jill. (bring back 2nd finger)
  • July 12Songs about the weather can be followed by games or play, since children naturally learn in those ways. After singing “Rain, Rain Go Away,” pretend you are twirling an umbrella or stomping in puddles.
  • July 5: Musical instruments often find their way into a young child’s mouth because this is how they explore their world. As long as it is not a choking hazard, this is OK since exploration for them involves chewing as well as playing instruments.